The government has released Peso 629m for the project this year and expects construction to commence in October, with work scheduled to be completed next year.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transport and Communications (DOTC) says it plans to repackage the public-private partnership (PPP) deal for the proposed LRT Line 1 Cavite extension project to include construction of an expanded station at Quezon City.

The Peso 1.4bn station will accommodate LRT 1, MRT 3, and the proposed MRT 7 services as well as bus transport. As a result the DOTC has extended the deadline for submission of bids for the Peso 65bn PPP from April 28 to May 28.

The Cavite extension proposes adding 11.7km and eight stations from Baclaran, the current southern terminus of LRT 1, to Bacoor in Cavite. A previous bidding process for the much-delayed project fell apart in August 2013 after one of the four bidders was deemed to be unsuitable and the other three submitted letters of withdrawal. This followed a delayed pre-qualification process in 2012.